Idina Menzel tells Letterman she’s embraced ‘Adele Nazeem’

Believe it or not, the Oscars were two months ago and we’re still discussing John Travolta’s botched introduction of singer Idina Menzel.

Menzel dropped by the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday and, though Letterman expressed some reservations about bringing that night up again, Menzel seemed gung-ho to discuss it.

For those who don’t recall, Travolta was there to introduce Menzel to sing the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” But inexplicably, Travolta introduced her as “Adele Nazeem.”

Travolta has publicly apologized for the lapse, which became one of the most talked-about moments of the show. But how did Menzel feel?

“It was quite demoralizing for about eight seconds,” Menzel told Letterman. “I felt so sorry for myself.”


But, professional that she was, she went ahead with the song. And Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres did her the courtesy of saying her actual name several times after the performance.

Now? “It’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said.

Having your name, even in mangled form, become an Internet meme can do wonders for your fame level.